On our last night at Waterton Lakes National Park and due to mix up of accommodation, we stayed in this hotel at the courtesy of our tour company. After staying in hostels, it was a nice change to having some luxury with our own ensuite bathroom and comfy beds instead of dorms! I shared our room with another traveller.
Our room had complimentary tea and coffee and we were able to use the onsite recreation centre where there was a pool, steam room, sauna and a spa.
Please note the rates advertised do not include breakfast and this was rather expensive to buy.
We spent two nights there during our three night stay at Waterton Lakes National Park. The hostel was in main centre where you could access the amenities as well as the hiking trails.
There was accommodation for 21 people and also a self catering kitchen, laundry facilities, internet access, lounge area and recreation centre.
It was a nice hostel and I would stay there again although it looks like the hostel has closed! - Best check first (contact details supplied below).
The highlight was enjoying the facilities at the recreation center especially the swimming pool and jacuzzi!
We stayed at the Blue Mountain motel in Pincher Creek, as it was a lot cheaper than staying in Warterton. It was nothing fancy, but quite o.k.
The Motel has 16 units, some with kitchenettte & microwave, all with Fridges, TV cable, free movie channel.
There is a Free morning cafe.
Free local calls.
Pet's are allowed at the Manager's discretion.
Although our visit to Waterton Lakes was not a camping trip, Karen and I both love to camp and we are always checking out campgrounds for future trips. Thus, we took a walk through the Waterton Park Campground which is located on the lake at the southern end of the village of Waterton Park. It is a beautiful campground with both lake and mountain views and within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Also, Cameron Falls is just down the street from the campground and several trailheads can be found nearby. Hookups are available, the bath-house is clean, and the rates are reasonable. We could have camped for almost two weeks for the price we paid for one night at the Prince of Wales Hotel.
It would be difficult to imagine a more ideal setting for a campground. As an added bonus we saw mule deer peacefully grazing right beside some of the campers - and at mid day. The campground is open from mid-April to mid-October.
The former private Lodge now has 9 guest rooms, with 5 located on the top floor, 3 on the main level and one in the former storm cellar. We opted for one of the lower cost rooms, #7 located on the main level beside the kitchen and with a view of the rear parking lot! It had one double bed and an adjoining shared bath/shower with room #3 on the top floor - but we never had anyone else use it during our three nights. The hostess and owner, Stacy is very friendly and knowledgeable, having been running the place for a number of years. The main photo shows Sue and I enjoying the morning orange juice, coffee/tea and fresh muffins with jam that Stacy bakes every morning from her own secret recipe.
The 3rd photo shows the living room area in the foreground (only 3 TV channels are available - all Canadian) with the breakfast dining area in the background, including the main table partially hidden around the corner and a smaller one to the right. The refrigerator in the kitchen is available to keep your wine chilled and snacks cooled if need be. The day before we left, Stacy locked her laptop computer and the spare keys in an inside room and did not know how she was going to be able to retrieve the booking details on her laptop. I have not had a lot of experience in breaking into rooms, but she got on the phone with her husband in Utah and with a few pointers from him, I soon sprang the door lock using two flexible butter knives! We enjoyed our stay immensely and had some interesting conversations with other guests as they passed through.
Unlike Glacier National Park in Montana where the hotels at various locations in the Park are run by a single booking agency, Waterton Park is a normal little town that happens to be situated inside Waterton Lakes National Park. As a result, there is a good variety of accommodations available - from the posh Prince of Wales Hotel, down through Lodges, Guesthouses, a regular Motel and RV/camping sites. In my research for the trip a couple of months earlier, I liked the sound of the Northland Lodge - originally built in 1929 for the private use of Louis Hill. This was the man who ran the Great Northern Railway in the northwest USA, lobbied to have Glacier named a national park in Montana and who ordered construction of the very impressive old hotels in in both Glacier and Waterton Lakes NPs. At C$110 per night (~US$100) including taxes for the two of us, it seemed like an interesting spot in which to spend three nights!
Located on the slopes at the foot of the mountain range along the west side of Upper Waterton Lake (and very close to Cameron Falls) the hotel has an elevated view out over the townsite and across the lake to 7805-foot (2379-m) Vimy Peak (3rd photo). There is a small parking lot along the main street in front of the lodge, but continue past this and take the first road to the right to climb up to another smaller road that runs behind the houses situated along here. This will bring you to the main rear parking area of Northland Lodge. Short walks along this road in either direction will take you to two of the walking trails in Waterton Lakes NP - either to Bertha Falls and Lake or a really long and tough one to Cameron Lake. A doe and her two fawns, as well as resident marmots and a snowshoe hare amused us every day as they placidly went about their business as if we were not even there (see 'To Do' tips).
Waterton Lakes Lodge is located in Waterton townsite within Waterton Lakes National Park. The management and service were very friendly and always had a smile on their faces. The facilities are very modern, and I love the architecture of the lodge. The lodge has several buildings with lodge rooms, a health club/recreation center featuring an indoor salt pool and gym, and a Hostelling International youth hostel. In the main lodge building where guest registration takes place, there are also conference rooms, public restroom, an ice machine, a bar, a lounge with many large sofa and couches, and a restaurant. The lounge, bar, and restaurant have big windows looking across the lawn to the health club and youth hostel. Originaly we had booked a private room in the youth hostel but upon arrival the management informed us that our hostel room's AC was out of order and felt like an oven, so they upgraded us to a lodge room without extra charges. The lodge room turned out to be the most modern room of our entire vacation. I will definitely want to stay here again.
The lodge facilities and rooms are very modern and clean. Our room had a coffee maker, color TV, a writing desk, and ample storage areas. The AC was excellent, and the best of all, the natural lighting in the room was probably the first thing we noticed. Because we chose a second floor room, we had a balcony. Across the street from our balcony were several public tennis courts and a baseball diamond. We could often see people playing sports, or during very early morning and dusk, many deers grazing around our lodge and across the street. We had a nice typical breakfast and a great dinner at the lodge's restaurant--the Bighorn Grill.
This is actually two lodgings in one - The Mountain View Inn and the Rocky Ridge Inn. The Mountain View Inn has 7 rooms with private baths and a self contained cottage. The Rocky Ridge Inn has 6 rooms, three of which share a bathroom, and a self-contained cottage. Great views of the Rockies. The Mountain View Inn is the newer of the two facilities. Both facilities have a common area and a billiards room on site. Both are open year round.
Breakfast buffet is included in the rate.
This is part of the Waterton Lakes Lodge complex, and you get to use the pool and recreation facilities for the Lodge.
They can accommodate up to 20 guests and have some private rooms. Features provided include a self-catering kitchen, laundry facilities, internet access, and bed linens.
A bed in the co-ed dorm will cost about $35 CAD for non-members. Members receive a small discount.
Since this is the only real "budget" accomodations in town, the place is always very busy.
I have heard that it is very clean and comfortable.
This facility is quite new, being built in about 1999 or so. The rooms are tastefully decorated, clean and well laid out. The service was good.
My only complaint about this hotel was that it had no air conditioning. And it was very hot the night we stayed there! They do provide a floor fan in every room. Their website now states that all rooms are air conditioned, so perhaps they finally succumbed to pressure!
This hotel has the only pool and recreation facility in Waterton, and they are both open to the general public, as well as hotel guests.
This little lodge is tucked away a short distance from the downtown area, just down the street from Cameron Falls. It is a very quiet, comfortable lodge.
Our room was small but impeccably clean, with a comfortable bed, a private bathroom and a quaint country decor. The huge wrap-around deck offers great views of the surrounding mountains and includes a bbq and picnic tables which guests are free to use.
The lobby downstairs houses an enormous fireplace, a collection of books and magazines, and a television. It is a great place to meet other travellers and share your day's discoveries. The coffee is always on.
The owners of the property are very friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. The day we stayed there it was early June and snowing heavily, so there was a pot of soup on the stove which we were welcome to share.
The personal touches offered by the owners made our stay at the Northland Lodge very memorable. We spent a good part of the evening chatting with them about the area and their experiences there.
The rates are a little lower than elsewhere in the park, and the whole place is exceptionally clean.
This is a lovely hotel, and while visiting it, I found that they have a building that is an international hostel. There were several girls from Germany staying there when I was there, which I thought was neat. The rooms were clean, maintained. Looked comfy. The guests in the hostel also had access to the pool, weight room, tennis courts, etc.
What a great hotel this is! The rooms are broken down into lodges, so you have about 8 rooms per lodge - less noise, more intimate. Some rooms are on the second floor, so you have a great view. You also get wildlife coming right on the lawn of the hotel!
The hotel is also environmentally friendly, so they use solar power for a lot of things, recycled paper, etc.
Gees, this hotel has it all. Saltwater pool, workout room, lounge, resturant, tennis courts, lots of parking....
The Northland Lodge is Waterton Lakes little secret. Located near Cameron Falls and a great base for exploring the park. Reasonable priced, clean rooms and (delicious) homemade muffins in the morning.
With only nine rooms staying at the Nortland Lodge is like like staying with friends. There is a large living room with fireplace where you can have a relaxing chat with the other guests in the morning or at the end of the day. Recommended!
- Homemade muffins in the morning.
- Large spacious balcony with lounge chairs and a great view of the mountains.
- Ideal base for hiking the Carthew Alderson and Bertha Lake trails.
- Clean rooms.
- Friendly staff.
Make sure when you book your hotel, ask the people what kind of view your room is getting, if you have a door to the outside, and if you have air conditioning. We stayed in an hotel (can't remember the name), but it had patio doors to outside, which was great for the night time to sit there and relax and smell the fresh air.
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